David Proffitt is a visiting assistant professor and a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Utah’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning.
He specializes in urban environmental policy, with an emphasis on community responses to climate change. David’s current projects explore how state mandates to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from driving in California and Oregon have affected transportation-planning decisions. He also evaluates other areas of planning practice, including how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) incorporate accessibility performance metrics into transportation plans, best practices for MPOs, and how the U.S. Department of the Interior addresses long-term resilience in disaster recovery. David developed and taught the U of U’s first-ever course on best practices in climate action planning and has lectured on urban heat island mitigation, transportation and land-use planning, and research methods.
Before joining the University of Utah, David earned a master’s degree in Urban & Environmental Planning from Arizona State University and was a Fulbright scholar in India, where he researched development strategies to combat the urban heat island effect in Pune, India.
In a previous life, David was a professional journalist, serving as a reporter and editor for The Arizona Republic, America West Magazine, dwell, and other media outlets.